Unless you’re deeply steeped in Eastern film history, you might not realize just how bald-faced and brazen the theft -- excuse us, inspiration and influence -- of classic Japanese film has been in modern Western moviemaking. Take Quentin Tarantino, for example. Without the undeniable influence of filmmaking masters such as Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasuijiro Ozu, and Hiroshi Teshigahara to shape his vision in the days when he was manning the cash register at a video store, we might... More >>>